HOW TO DETECT THE DANGER SIGNS - ACCORDING TO THE HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE AT ROCKLEDGE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

BALANCE

Loss of balance, headache or dizziness

EYES

Blurred Vision

FACE

One side of the face is drooping

ARMS

Arm or leg weakness

SPEECH

Speech difficulty

TIME

Time to call for ambulance immediately

BE SURE TO WATCH FOR THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN:

  • Chest discomfort (can feel like pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest)
  • Pain in other parts of the body, such as back, neck, jaw, stomach and arms
  • Shortness of breath with chest discomfort
  • Other signs include cold sweats, vomiting and lightheadedness

Symptoms for Men
Men have a greater heart attack risk than women, and they experience attacks earlier in life. Risks can be lowered by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet,  managing stress, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.  Some do not experience chest pain at all, and often, symptoms can come on slowly.

Symptoms for Women
Although the most common symptom is chest pain, women are more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea and other pains.

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